By Marc Askew
Bangkok is one in all Asia's finest, diversified, debatable and tough towns. it's a urban of contradictions, either in its current and previous. This special ebook examines the improvement of town from its earliest days because the seat of the Thai monarchy to its present place as an notorious modern city. Adopting insights from anthropology, city reports and human geography, this is a robust account of the town and its dynamic areas. Marc Askew examines the city's type from the inner-city slums to the rural-urban fringe, and provides us a prepared perception into the way of life of the city's population, be they middle-class suburbanites or intercourse staff.
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Extra info for Bangkok: Place, Practice and Representation (Asia's Global Cities, 1)
By 1839 sugar had became such a proﬁtable export that it was monopolised by the crown (Cushman 1993: 81; Seksan 1989: 94–5). Non-phrai labour became critical to the state, and from the reign of Rama II key public works were contracted to Chinese work gangs who were paid in cash. Chinese craftsmen were also hired to build and decorate temples in the capital (Porphant 1994: 40–1). From the ﬁrst Chakkri reign, private trade expanded alongside state-run exporting, and by the early 1820s it overtook royally-sponsored mercantile activity.
This diversity of bang and ban along the Chao Phraya River and its tributary waterways was depicted vividly in the Nirat poetry (travel rhymes) of the court poet Sunthon Phu during the second reign. g. 1 The aquatic city: houses along a main canal surrounding the walls of Krung Thep (c. 1890s). (Photo: Courtesy National Archives of Thailand) Cosmology, accumulation and the state 23 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 44 45111 107–17).
Authors’ translation, from Department of Fine Arts 1963: 5) The Sakdina State and trade: the foundations of urban dominance The foundations of contemporary Bangkok’s demographic, cultural, political and economic dominance of Thailand were well established by the 24 Krung to global city mid-nineteenth century and were progressively reinforced. This increasing dominance was nurtured by a number of interrelated inﬂuences stemming from inherited power structures and more dynamic and novel conditions.
Bangkok: Place, Practice and Representation (Asia's Global Cities, 1) by Marc Askew